Sports Staff

The Sports Department consists of one sports coordinator, and a passionate team of five PE staff as well as a invaluable network of teachers, parents, students and community coaches.

Sports Co-ordinator

Shelley Foster

Shelley is in her third year as Sports Coordinator at Waiheke High School. She works in the Sports Department for 15 hours a week and is responsible for promoting sport, organizing clubs and matches and completing all sports administration. She also coaches Touch Rugby, Netball and the U15 Girls Football team.


head of phys. ed & sport

Rebecca Cunningham - Rose

Rebecca is in her fifth year as Head of Physical Education, Sport and Health and oversees the running of the Sports Department. She coaches the girls first XI Football team, and is a member of the WHS Waka Ama Club, Running Club and Mountain Biking Club. Rebecca aims to bring Triathlon to Waiheke High School in 2017.


physical education staff

Waiheke High School is fortunate to have an experienced and committed team of staff in the PE department, all who dedicate their time to organizing and coaching sports teams including:

Bill Godbout

Volleyball Academy and Basketball Coach

Bill is a long standing member of the PE faculty, and he is an experienced baseball, volleyball and basketball coach. Bill was the founder of the WHS Sports Academy in 2009 and this has developed into the successful Volleyball Academy over time. Bill is coaching the Basketball and Volleyball teams this year and aims to increase the competition to play against schools this year.


Tony Wood

1st XV Rugby Coach

Tony is a long time island resident who has recently joined the Waiheke High School PE staff. He is a keen rugby player who played several years for the Grammar Carlton Premier side as well as three seasons in the Auckland NPC development side. He coached the Auckland Grammar 2nd XV side for two years. He is really looking forward to developing the rugby programme.


Kiera Pennell

Touch Rugby and U15 Girls Football Coach

Kiera is in her second year as a Physical Education, Health and Science teacher at Waiheke High School. She coaches the Touch and Under 15 Girls Football teams and is the teacher in charge of Duke of Edinburgh.


Mathew Jacomb

Touch Rugby and Kick Boxing Coach

Mathew has grown up on Waiheke Island and values the unique opportunities this island has to offer. A passionate water man, his hobbies include SCUBA diving, sailing and wake boarding. Mathew is aiming to develop outdoor activities at WHS.


Dean Henwood

Girls 2nd XI Football Coach

Dean has been a long standing member of the Physical Education and Sport faculty at Waiheke High School. He is the 2nd XI girls football coach, and is also actively involved in the junior AAIMS sport tournaments.


other teaching staff

A large number of our staff at WHS volunteer their time to help run sport and increase participation, including:

Maria Heer - Sailing

Dave Kennedy - 1st XI Football

Jared Howell - Football Referee

Tom Mulvey - Football Referee

Nick Fitness - Running Club

Sam Yesli - Badminton Coach

Brent Simpson - Indoor Football

Mariette Dodd - Waka Ama

Sam Carroll - Touch Rugby

Te Ao Marama Hau - Kapa Haka

Pita Mahaki - Kapa Haka

waiheke community support

Waiheke High School values it support from the wider community, parents, caregivers and former students. Sport at the High School would not be as successful as it is without this ongoing support. For sport to run effectively, each team that steps into the sports arena needs to be supported by a coach and where possible a team manager. Members of the wider community and teachers from other subjects fill many of these roles.

The sports office aims to support all volunteers by ensuring that they have the equipment needed, have access to appropriate training facilities and feel supported by the school.

If you are interested in supporting Waiheke High School through coaching or managing a team please contact a member of the sports team.